The 2024 Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 Review (2024) | So much to like

Read Caroline's Peugeot 2008 review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot's small SUV in 2024.

The Peugeot 2008 has been a huge hit for the Peugeot brand since it first launched in Ireland all the way back in 2013.

Now in its second generation, it is one of the brand's bestsellers alongside the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs.

Peugeot has recently spruced up the 2008 to keep it competitive against its rivals like the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and Toyota Yaris Cross. It goes on sale priced from €30,740.

It's available with a choice of engines including petrol, petrol mild hybrid and the full electric Peugeot e-2008, which I reviewed for this site last summer. But it's the 1.2 petrol that's the subject of this review.

Let's take a closer look.

The 2024 Peugeot 2008
The 2024 Peugeot 2008 on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Peugeot 2008?

The current Peugeot 2008 launched here in 2020 but still looks fresh. It has lots of style and sophistication for the small SUV class. It now has been updated in line with the rest of the Peugeot range so it gets the brand's new lion shield logo, larger grille and 'three-claw' daytime running lights at the front.

At the back P E U G E O T is now spelt across a black strip connecting the rear lights, which also have a new lighting signature.

There are three trim lines: Active, Allure and GT. Standard wheel sizes vary from 16- to 17-inch with more efficient aerodynamic design.

There's a range of smart colours available including Selenium Grey, Okenite White, Vertigo Blue and Elixir Red. There's also a trendy contrasting black roof for the GT model.

The upmarket feel continues to the inside.

The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot 2008
The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot 2008

Inside the Peugeot 2008

The cabin design is now an older variation of the brand's 'i-Cockpit' that mixes a compact steering wheel with a cosy, driver-focused feel. The build quality feels good for this kind of small SUV and the mix of materials combine for a classy feel.

There's a full digital driver display on Allure and GT models, and a now standard fit 10-inch touchscreen with wireless smartphone connectivity. Like before, the ventilation is controlled from the screen though there are a few shortcut buttons to pull up menus quickly.

A parking camera and parking sensors come as standard. Wireless smartphone charging is standard with the GT model.

It's a car that's easy to get comfortable in quickly and is spacious for its size with ample legroom and headroom. There's also a practical 434 litre boot with a two-position floor that is bigger than some hatchbacks.

The 2008 is available as petrol, petrol mild hybrid or full electric
The 2008 is available as petrol, petrol mild hybrid or full electric

Driving the 1.2 petrol

The Peugeot 2008 is a joy to drive with smooth dynamic steering and very composed handling through bends. Out on the motorway it shows the maturity of a larger car, feeling supple and comfortable at all times. It's a solid car to drive and never gets too noisy.

The 1.2-litre petrol is the entry into the range and is available with 100hp or 130hp and a 6-speed manual gearbox. There's also an automatic mild hybrid version with 136hp. On test was the 1.2 petrol Allure with 130hp retailing at €34,295 and it's brilliant in the 2008. It's lively and perky to drive, while also being quiet and economical. You couldn't wish for more from a petrol crossover.

Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and it costs €200 to tax per year.

Rear legroom in the 2008
Rear legroom in the 2008

There's also the Peugeot e-2008 (from €35,610), which gets a new 54kWh battery with more range than before (up to 406 kilometres WLTP) and a more efficient 156hp electric motor.

Did you like it?

It's an easy yes. The Peugeot 2008 remains one of the best of its kind. If you're looking for a stylish, fun and spacious small SUV, the Peugeot 2008 definitely has to be on your shopping list. Whether you go petrol or electric, it's a great buy.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs you can buy
The Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs you can buy

The new Peugeot e-3008

Peugeot E-3008 Review | First drive of the new electric Peugeot

Read Caroline's Peugeot E-3008 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's new electric version of a popular SUV that has sold over 1.3 million units worldwide.

The Peugeot 3008 has been a huge success for the Peugeot brand. In Ireland, it's a former Irish Car of the Year and one of the French brand's bestselling models - and has been for many years now.

No pressure then for the third generation model, which is expected to arrive in Ireland in a few month's time.

In a sign of the times, it will also be available as an electric 'E-3008' for the very first time, along with a petrol mild hybrid and a plug-in hybrid before the end of the year.

I travelled to France with Peugeot Ireland to drive the new Peugeot E-3008 ahead of its Irish launch.

Watch a video review of the new Peugeot E-3008!

Styling

The current Peugeot 3008 is one of the best looking SUVs of its kind. For this new generation, it migrates to a sleeker fastback design with a sloping roofline to the rear of the car just like a Toyota C-HR or Renault Arkana. Dimensions remain quite similar to the previous version, with no dramatic increases in width, length or height. In fact it's one of the most compact vehicles of its class. There's a new front-end with slimmer LED headlights connected by a black strip. Striking 'tri-claw' daytime running lights complete the feline look. The grille melts into the bodywork with same colour detail and is identical between the fuel and electric versions. There's a sporty floating spoiler at the back and new three-claw light signature.

Six colours are available including new Ingaro Blue. There will be two trims - Allure and GT - with 19- to 20-inch wheels available with an aerodynamic, geometric design. GT models are finished with gloss black around the wheel arches and lower sills, and come with a black contrast roof.

The new Peugeot e-3008
The new Peugeot E-3008 is expected in Ireland before the summer

Interior

Inside there's an evolution of Peugeot's i-Cockpit concept, now called the 'panoramic i-Cockpit'. There's a new compact steering wheel with new controls and paddles to adjust the regenerative braking for the very first time. The curved 21-inch display wraps elegantly above the steering wheel for an ultra-modern look. It seamlessly combines the digital instrument cluster with the touchscreen for media and ventilation controls. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto removes the need for messy cables. There are new customisable 'i-toggle' switches beneath the screen in a touch panel, which allow the driver to set shortcuts to their most used functions. There's also a new connected navigation system with a trip planner to help you plan the best route with charging stops where necessary.

The centre console curves around the driver, giving a cosy, sporty feel. Fabric finishes and ambient lighting enhance the upmarket feel. The seats are comfortable and supportive with fabric, leather-effect and Alcantara finish available. Peugeot aimed for a lounge feel and it's done a good job delivering that.

Practicality

At 520 litres, the boot volume is the same as before. A split level boot floor creates space to stow away the charging cables. There's no frunk available. There hasn't been a massive change in interior accommodation either, but it remains competitive in interior space with a flat floor a gift from the bespoke EV platform. The sloping roofline design doesn't affect headroom for back seat passengers either.

The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot e-3008
The cabin of the 2024 Peugeot E-3008

Battery

The E-3008 will be available in time with a choice of two battery sizes. The 73kWh standard range (210bhp) offers in the region of up to 525 kilometres, while the 98kWh (230bhp) can increase that to an incredible 700 kilometres. It's a 400V high-voltage lithium-ion battery, with a chemical composition of nickel, manganese and cobalt.

There's no battery pre-conditioning and a heat pump is optional.

Driving

The new E-3008 is special because it's the first model to use the Stellantis Group's new STLA Medium platform, which in time will underpin other Opel, Citroen, DS, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep models for instance. There will be a choice of two different battery sizes in a single motor, front wheel drive layout, as well as a standard range, dual motor option offering the most power of the range (320bhp). On the road, the E-3008 offers good road-holding ability, staying flat and balanced through corners thanks to its low set battery. The steering feels neat and fluid, with quite a lot of weight to it making it a steady drive on the motorway - though it's not as light and joyful a drive as the smaller Peugeot E-2008 around town and on twistier roads. On the motorway, it clearly excels in the overall refinement of the vehicle, with a quiet, serene cabin and no annoying wind or road noise. It's comfortable on the smooth stuff but does thud a bit over imperfections, joints, manhole covers in the road surface, a flaw shared with many an electric car or SUV.

The e-3008 can offer a range of up to 700 km in its top form
The E-3008 can offer a range of up to 700 km in its top form

There are three different driving modes - normal, sport and eco. In the normal mode, not all the power and torque is available and the E-3008 doesn't feel particularly full of joie de vivre. It's a more lively drive in the sport mode.

New driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and lane-keeping assist, semi-automatic lane change and early speed recommendation.

A plug-in hybrid will join the range before the end of the year. At launch there will also be a mild hybrid petrol automatic with 136hp, which may be a good alternative if you do not want to go full electric at this time.

Charging

An 11kW charger comes as standard, with the option to upgrade to a 22kW for faster AC charging. DC fast charging is possible up to 160kW, charging the battery from 20% to 80% in 30 minutes for the standard range version. Vehicle to load charging also appears for the very first time in a Peugeot electric vehicle.

Rear seating in the new Peugeot e-3008
Rear seating in the new Peugeot E-3008

Pricing

It's yet to be confirmed how much the new E-3008 will cost you though Peugeot Ireland says it will be competitive.

Verdict

Peugeot is well on its way to becoming a fully electric car brand by 2030. The lion brand has been electrifying its range since about 2020 with the arrival of models like the excellent E-208 and E-2008. New arrivals include the E-308 and there's more on the way like the E-408 and the E-5008 - the electric version of Peugeot's highly successful seven seater.

The Peugeot 3008 has been an incredible success to date for the French car brand in its petrol, diesel and hybrid forms. The new one marks the start of a new era for the brand's mid-size SUV - both in design and powertrain. While looks are subjective, the new E-3008 is certainly a looker and takes on the fashionable style of a more coupé-like SUV without compromising practicality.

Inside it is beautifully finished and certainly sits at the upper end of the class for outright quality and a posh feel. These are factors that will endear it to traditional Peugeot buyers. The price of the electric may be yes palatable - that is yet to be confirmed - but the petrol option may offer a more appealing bridge to this new model. We just have to wait and see.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The new Peugeot e-3008 offers upmarket style and excellent refinement
The new Peugeot E-3008 offers upmarket style and excellent refinement

The Peugeot 508 on test for Changing Lanes

Peugeot 508 Review (2024)

Read Caroline's Peugeot 508 diesel review to find out if the 1.5-litre diesel is the pick of the 508 range in Ireland?

The Peugeot 508 has evolved beautifully over the years and the current generation is Peugeot's best yet. Last year Peugeot treated the 508 to a facelift with a number of updates to keep it fresh.

Since this 508 first went on sale in Ireland back in 2019, the Peugeot range has changed quite a bit. In 2022, a new 308 and 308 SW were launched, and 2023 saw the arrival of the new Peugeot 408.

The 508 still flys the flag for a stylish large executive car and with the choice of petrol, plug-in hybrid or diesel, there is great choice for this long distance cruiser. This slice of the market is shrinking with the rise in SUVs but is the 508 diesel a surprisingly smart choice of car in 2024?

Let's take a closer look.

The Peugeot 508 on test for Changing Lanes
The Peugeot 508 on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Peugeot 508?

Well, Peugeot did a great job with the styling of this car. Billed as a 'fastback', the elegant proportions are saloon-like but the 508 is actually a hatchback if you want to get technical.

There's also a 508 SW available, which is probably one of the best-looking estate cars on sale.

The front end has been revised with a new grille design framed by slim LED headlights. The fang-like daytime running lights of the original car have now been replaced with Peugeot's new '3-claw' daytime running lights.

The facelift also gives this model the new Peugeot lion shield logo.

At the back there is a different illumination to the rear lights, which are connected by a new black strip with the brand name spelt out across it.

There's also some new colour availability including Eclipse Blue, which is available at no extra cost.

The cabin of the Peugeot 508
The cabin of the Peugeot 508

Alloy wheel sizes vary with the entry level Allure model getting 17-inch. There's 18-inch for the sportier GT and 20-inch for the top of the range Peugeot Sport Engineered (PSE).

There's also a great line-up of engines available.

Driving the Peugeot 508

You can choose from a 1.2-litre petrol (130hp), 1.5-litre diesel (130hp) or a 1.6-litre petrol plug in hybrid with now 180hp, or 225hp as before.

All come with an 8-speed automatic.

I was driving the Peugeot 508 1.5 Blue HDi diesel and it's a very good match for this car. For a 1.5-litre diesel it offers good refinement, never getting too noisy.

It has 130hp but it feels more powerful than that on the road, with plenty of torque. There are a few different driving modes like Normal, Eco and Sport, the latter increasing the responsiveness of the vehicle.

The 508 is available with a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engine
The 508 is available with a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engine

Where the diesel really excels is in the return it offers on a tank of fuel. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres.

In Malaga last year, I had the opportunity to drive the new Peugeot 508 plug-in hybrid, which you can read more about here. 

This car is made for long motorway runs, offering good comfort levels and not too much noise in the cabin. It's also quite fun to drive, with the compact steering wheel adding a feeling of dexterity that can be hard to find in cars like this.

Inside the 508

Peugeot hasn't really tweaked the design much in the cabin of the 508. It still has a lovely wraparound design that is instantly stylish and driver-focused.

The graphics for the digital instrument cluster have been updated as has the software for the slick 10-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash. It's still a little convoluted to adjust things like the ventilation, though the piano-style shortcut buttons underneath at least help bring up menus quickly. There's also wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice control and over the air updates for the very first time.

Other design details include a new minimalist rocker switch on the centre console for gear selection.

Rear legroom in the Peugeot 508 fastback
Rear passenger space in the Peugeot 508 fastback

Seat upholsteries have also been updated. Allure models come with a fabric and synthetic leather combination, but going up the trim levels adds more luxurious Alcantara. The seats are comfortable and supportive with powered lumbar support for the driver though features like seat heating and power adjustment are not standard, which is a bit of a shame for an executive car!

The 508 is reasonably spacious for its size in the back though some rivals like the Volkswagen Arteon and Skoda Superb are bigger. The hatchback-style opening boot gives good access to the 487 litres of space. Not the biggest boot in the class but it's pretty generous.

The 508 SW offer 530 litres of space.

Pricing

The range starts from €45,495 for a 1.2-litre petrol in Allure trim, from €46,495 for the 1.5 diesel as tested, and from €49,995 for a 508 plug-in hybrid.

The range-topping Peugeot 508 PSE packs 360hp
The range-topping Peugeot 508 PSE packs 360hp from a plug-in hybrid powertrain

Did you like it?

It was great to spend some time with the 508 diesel. I don't drive many cars like this anymore with electric, hybrid and SUVs being the current trends in the motor industry.

Yet the 508 has a brilliant sophisticated presence and is really nice to drive too, offering a little driver involvement along with those gorgeous looks and sporty cabin.

The diesel also proves its merit in the 508, ticking all the right boxes for power, refinement …and economy that really cannot be argued with.

The facelift adds a little more contemporary style without upsetting the 508's winning recipe.

The 508 will not be a big seller but if you're looking for a stylish executive car that's economical and a bit different to what else is on sale, then it's definitely worth a look.

Model tested: Peugeot 508 1.5 HDi Allure
Price: 
€46,495
Engine:
1.5-litre diesel
Power: 130 hp
Torque: 300 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.1 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

 


The Peugeot 2008 is one of the best small SUVs you can buy

Peugeot e-2008 Review (2023)

Read Caroline’s 2023 Peugeot e-2008 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's electric small SUV.

The Peugeot 2008 has been a big success for the French brand and is one of Peugeot's bestsellers in Ireland.

The current generation of the 2008 arrived here in 2020. Alongside fuel variants, 2020 also saw the arrival of the first ever electric version, the Peugeot e-2008.

The entire range now gets an update, including some styling and interior tweaks, and more equipment.

But it's the e-2008 that gets the most significant update -  a new 54kWh battery that gives it a range now of over 400 kilometres!

Caroline travelled to Malaga, Spain, with Peugeot Ireland to drive the new Peugeot e-2008 ahead of its arrival in Ireland before the end of the year.

The Peugeot e-2008 has been updated for 2023
The Peugeot e-2008 has been updated for 2023

Styling

The 2008/e-2008 is Peugeot's smallest SUV and it's never looked better. It's still one of the classiest small SUVs on sale. The latest version gets the new Peugeot brand face with new Peugeot lion shield logo, a wider grille and '3-claw' daytime running lights at the front, just like the updated Peugeot 508. The brand has also updated the 'e' badge on the e-2008 with a design that gives the effect of three claws. It's the lion brand after all! At the back, the rear lights get a different lighting signature and P E U G E O T is spelt out across the black strip connecting the rear lights. Okenite White has been added to the colour palette and there are also new alloy wheel designs, with wheel sizes available up to 18-inch. There's also the option of a trendy contrast black roof. The new e-2008 will be available in Active, Allure and GT trim levels.

Interior

The classy theme continues inside with one of the most stylish and upmarket cabins of any small SUV on sale. Material changes for this latest version are minor, with just some new seat upholsteries like the optional Alcantara-trimmed seats. But the quality still feels very good inside, with lots of sophisticated gloss black in the centre console and soft touch materials for a tactile finish. Good news for buyers is that all versions will now be sold with the 10-inch touchscreen, which was previously reserved for the top of the range models. It comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like before, ventilation is adjusted through the screen. This can be a bit fiddly to use while driving. There's also a redesigned digital instrument cluster and a more minimalist gear selector than before.

The cabin of the Peugeot e-2008
The cabin of the Peugeot e-2008

Practicality

As this is just an update, space inside the e-2008 remains unchanged but that's not a bad thing as it's one of the most spacious small SUVs on sale. There's plenty of legroom and headroom for children or adults in the back.

There's also a 434-litre boot with false floor that allows you to stow away the charging cables out of sight.

Battery

The Peugeot e-2008 now uses the Stellantis Group's new 54kWh battery with a range of up to 406 kilometres (WLTP). This replaces the previous 50kWh battery with up to 345 kilometres (WLTP). It doesn't sound like much of an increase but the efficiency has also been improved.

If you're not quite ready to go electric, Peugeot will still sell you a 2008 with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 100hp or 130hp. Manual and automatic transmissions are available. A new Peugeot 2008 mild hybrid is also expected to go on sale in 2024.

Rear legroom in the e-2008
Rear legroom in the e-2008

Driving

On the road the Peugeot e-2008 impresses, offering a fun and agile drive for a small electric SUV. Compared to the petrol 2008, the electric version is incredibly hushed inside and offers reassuringly smooth, linear acceleration. The new 156hp motor sends power to the front wheels and it feels nippy and responsive to drive.

There are driving modes as before to mix things up a bit, including Normal, Sport and Eco. There's also the 'B' mode to increase regenerative braking.

There's a great feeling of quality from behind the wheel and the e-2008 stands out for its maturity and refinement. The compact steering wheel makes it fun to drive and super easy to park and manouvre around town.

Charging

Charging speeds are the same as the previous version of the e-2008. DC fast charging is possible up to 100kW, for a 20% to 80% charge in 30 minutes. AC charging is possible up to 7.4kW, though there is the option to upgrade to an 11kW onboard charger for faster AC charging.

The new e-2008 uses a 54kWh battery with a range of over 400 km
The new e-2008 uses a 54kWh battery with a range of over 400 km

Pricing

Pricing for the Peugeot e-2008 with the new 54kWh battery will be announced closer to launch before the end of 2023. The e-2008 range currently retails from about €35,000 so it does command a premium over the petrol versions of this car.

Verdict

The Peugeot e-2008 has been one of my favourite small electric SUVs since I first drove it in late 2020. I really liked the Peugeot's style and compactness, along with the upmarket interior and how smooth and effortless it was to drive. But at times it did feel like it could do with more range, particularly on longer motorway runs.

This new version benefits from more range though it's still a little off popular electric crossovers like the Hyundai Kona 64kWh and the Kia Niro EV. Yet, the e-2008 has a certain style that's hard not to fall for. Cosmetic changes are light but from all angles this car is one you'll be proud to own!

Same goes for the cabin, which offers Peugeot's quirky i-Cockpit and a great feeling of quality and sophistication. When it comes to practicality, the e-2008 is surprisingly roomy so this car could work as even a small family car. It doesn't feel as cramped as some rivals.

All in all, Peugeot has made a good car even more attractive than before, and more battery range in the e-2008 feels like it's worth waiting for.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The Peugeot e-2008 is a real success story
The Peugeot e-2008 is a real success story

The facelifted Peugeot 508 is expected in Ireland before the end of the year

Peugeot 508 Review (2023)

Read Caroline’s 2023 Peugeot 508 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's updated large executive saloon.

The latest generation of the Peugeot 508 arrived in Ireland in 2019 and went on to win Irish Large Car of the Year.

Lauded for its upmarket design and stylish cabin, the 508 has been a steady presence in the Irish market for some years now.

Now Peugeot has confirmed that a facelifted 508 will reach Ireland before the end of the year with new styling and technology to keep the executive feel alive.

A new 180hp plug-in hybrid also joins the range, which should make it slightly more affordable to drive a 508 hybrid than before.

Caroline travelled to Malaga, Spain, with Peugeot Ireland to drive the latest Peugeot 508 ahead of its arrival in Ireland for January 2024 registrations.

The facelifted Peugeot 508 is expected in Ireland before the end of the year
The facelifted Peugeot 508 is expected in Ireland before the end of the year

Styling

Like before, the Peugeot 508 is available as a fastback or as an estate, known as the 508 SW. The 508 has always been a bit of a looker compared to the stately Skoda Superb, though the coupé-like Volkswagen Arteon comes close in the style stakes. Now Peugeot gives the 508 even a bit more allure. Cosmetic changes include a new grille design that stretches across the front of the car and Peugeot's new lion shield logo at the centre. There are also slim new matrix LED headlamps and bumpers. The latest 508 is also the first Peugeot to get the brand's new '3-claw' daytime running lights at the front. Around the back, a black strip connects the updated 3-claw rear light design with scrolling indicators, and P E U G E O T is boldly spelt out across it to complete the upscale look. The frameless windows all round are a timeless classy feature. There are also new alloy wheel designs and new colours like Okenite White, Eclipse Blue and Titane Grey. Selenium Grey is no longer reserved just for the 508 PSE high-performance model; it's available now across the range.

Interior

The 508 has a unique cabin for the segment with a compact steering wheel and wraparound 'i-Cockpit' that puts the driver at the centre of the action. Updates to the cabin are minor: new software for the infotainment system and a new minimalist 'e-toggle' gear selector in the centre console. The 508's cabin certainly feels sportier and more driver-focused than rivals. There's an updated full digital driver display like the 308/408 and a large 10-inch touchscreen as standard with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, natural voice recognition and over-the-air updates for the very first time. It's also customisable with the option to set eight individual driver and passenger profiles for different interior ambience settings. Ventilation controls are accessed from the screen, which can be a bit fiddly to use - but the classy piano-style keys below can at least be used to pull up relevant menus quickly.

The cabin of the 2023 Peugeot 508
The cabin of the 2023 Peugeot 508

It feels well-made inside and the seats now get more premium upholstery - artificial leather/textile for Allure models and an artificial leather/Alcantara® combination for the GT trim. Nappa Leather is available as an option, with a new embossed lion in the front headrests. The front seats are AGR-approved so they are some of the most comfortable and supportive on the market, ideal for an executive car like this. Other features include power adjustment, memory settings and a massage function.

Practicality

A Skoda Superb is bigger but is it as stylish as the 508? The Peugeot 508 Fastback manages about 487 litres of boot space and the boot opens like a hatchback making it relatively easy to load and unload. The SW estate is even better for load-lugging with 530 litres of space in the boot.

Engines

Like before, the 508 and 508 SW are available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines. An 8-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard across the range. For 2023, the 1.6-litre 225hp plug-in hybrid will be joined by a 180hp version. Other options include the familiar 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 130hp and 1.5-litre diesel, also with 130hp. The top of the range Peugeot 508 PSE uses a 360hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain with all wheel drive.

The 508 is available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines
The 508 is available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines

Driving

At the launch in Spain, I tested the new 508 plug-in hybrid with 180hp. Having more power and torque than the 1.2-litre petrol makes the hybrid a better match for a large car like this. There's plenty of power when you put your foot down. Though catch it off guard and there is a bit of a roar from the engine to accompany your quicker acceleration. But it soon settles down.

The compact steering wheel, well-weighted steering and good body control contribute to a large car that feels quite agile and fun when the roads get a bit twistier. Peugeot adapted the 508's suspension settings to each engine in development to ensure the best level of comfort and also smooth out road imperfections. So the hybrid is still a comfortable car and will cruise motorways with ease.

There are a number of different settings like Electric, Eco, Hybrid, Normal, and Sport. There's also a B mode to activate regenerative braking in the hybrids. In the electric mode, the 508 will travel up to about 40km on battery power only, switching its character to smooth and silent. That's not an exceptional electric range for a plug-in hybrid, but it does come into its own for town and city driving. The hybrid's 12.4kWh battery can be charged in about 3.5 hours from a 7.4kW wallbox with the standard fit 3.7kW onboard AC charger.

Rear legroom in the Peugeot 508 fastback
Rear legroom in the Peugeot 508 fastback

Pricing

The new 508 and 508 SW will be available in Allure, GT and PSE trim levels, with pricing to be announced closer to launch before the end of 2023. The 508 range currently retails from about €47,000.

Verdict

Sales of D-segment saloons like the 508 have been dwindling for some years now as the market has switched towards more SUV and crossover-style vehicles. Yet there is something to be said for the style and agile driving dynamics of the 508. It's still completely on-point when it comes to design. It's aged very well, with this new version just slightly enhancing the 508's 'feline' character (it's the lion brand after all!).

Peugeot's entire range is undergoing an overhaul at the moment so it was important to give the 508 the latest brand face and lion shield logo. Inside, the i-Cockpit has aged very well and cocoons you for a more driver-focused feel than rivals. The infotainment software has been updated but it's still not the simplest to use on the market.

The 508 does sacrifice some practicality for style. If you're looking for a huge car for your money, this is probably not it. But show us a more stylish large car...

While Peugeot is busy fully electrifying their brand with all-electric versions of the 308, 408 and next-generation 3008 and 5008, for now at least the 508 plug-in hybrids seem a good deal with power and performance worthy of an executive car.

There are some exciting chapters ahead for Peugeot but the 508 one is still worth a look.

The range-topping Peugeot 508 PSE packs 360hp
The range-topping Peugeot 508 PSE packs 360hp and racy good looks

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Peugeot 408 GT on test for Changing Lanes

Peugeot 408 GT Hybrid 225 Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot 408 GT hybrid review for everything you need to about buying Peugeot's top-of-the-range 408 plug-in hybrid with 225hp.

The Peugeot 408 arrived in Ireland earlier in 2023 and is a new model for the French car brand. Styled as a fastback, the new 408 expands Peugeot's range of compact cars and SUVs that already includes the 308 hatchback, 308 SW and 3008 SUV.

Priced from €39,995, the new 408 is available with petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

A fully electric version will join the range at a later date.

But is it worth it? I took the 408 plug-in hybrid for a test on Irish roads to find out!

The Peugeot 408 GT on test for Changing Lanes
The Peugeot 408 GT on test for Changing Lanes

What's so special about the Peugeot 408?

The Peugeot 408 is something completely different for the compact segment. Even within Peugeot's own range, this car stands out as something very unique and exclusive.

While it's built on the same platform as the 308, Peugeot got very adventurous with the styling. At the front, the 408 bears its family resemblance to the 308 but the grille design is a little wider and more flamboyant in its design.

The 408 also sits a little bit higher off the ground than your average hatchback, giving it a natural presence.

But it's at the back where things get really interesting. The 408's roof slopes down like a coupé, proving to be a refreshing alternative to the boxy SUV shape that is so popular right now. The whole look is finished off by a large grey plastic rear bumper, which gives the 408 a sporty and aggressive stance.

Overall it's a car that says 'wow' and will have passersby craning to get a better look.

There are a range of nice metallic colours available, some of the best being Obsession Blue and Elixir Red. The Allure model (from €39,995) has 17-inch alloy wheels, while Allure Pack (from €41,995) adds 19-inch.

The top of the range GT trim is reserved for the 225hp plug-in hybrid models (priced from €53,345). On the outside it can be distinguished by 19-inch 'Graphite' alloy wheels, matrix LED headlights, and the Peugeot shield logo on the front doors.

The 408 is a sporty fastback for the compact segment
The 408 is a sporty fastback for the compact segment

Inside the 408 GT Hybrid

The 408 features a new generation Peugeot cabin, and shares much of its design, switchgear and in-car technology with the new 308 that launched in Ireland in 2022.

That's not a bad start at all, and the 408 has a suitably stylish and upmarket cabin. You sit higher behind the wheel than in a 308 so many will enjoy this slightly more elevated driving position and view of the road ahead.

The 408 cabin feels very driver-focused. Peugeot's trademark sporty compact steering features as does a slick digital instrument cluster for the driver. There's also a large, glossy 10-inch touchscreen as standard with 'i-Toggle' customisable shortcut buttons to popular functions positioned on a panel below.

The quality of the interior is excellent and the 408 feels like nothing other than a plush and comfortable car. There are elegant trim details in the doors and dashboard, and top of the range GT models get beautiful Alcantara seats.

The 408 sits on a longer wheelbase than the the 308 so it offers impressive amounts of legroom in the back. It feels like a much more open and spacious family car. The hatchback style boot opens to reveal 471 litres in plug-in hybrids and 536 litres in the petrol 408.

A powered tailgate is standard on the 408 GT.

The interior of the new Peugeot 408
The interior of the new Peugeot 408

Driving the 408 GT Hybrid

The Peugeot 408 GT is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol electric plug-in hybrid powertrain with a range-topping 225hp. It's a wonderful match for the 408, offering sublime levels of power and refinement. The delivery of power is effortlessly smooth, while the 408 covers the tarmac with plenty of enthusiasm.

It feels agile and dynamic to drive with lots of grip and responsive steering. The 408's wider track gives it a more balanced feel in corners so overall it feels like a more mature car than the 308 hatchback.

It's also comfortable for cruising or taking on the worst of the Irish tarmac. It's very quiet on the road, helped by standard fit acoustic windscreen.

Being a plug-in hybrid, it is always at its best when the onboard battery is kept charged as much as possible. There is the potential to drive this car using battery power only for up to about 60 kilometres.

There’s a 3.7kW on-board charger with the option of a 7.4kW version for faster AC charging. With the standard charger it will take about 3.5 hours to charge to full from a wallbox or 5.5 hours from a 3-pin plug.

Other engine options include a 1.2-litre petrol with 130hp and the same plug-in hybrid engine with 180hp. All versions come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The new 408 is one of the best cars of 2023
The new 408 is one of the best cars to arrive in Ireland in 2023

Did you like it?

Simple answer is yes. This is an expensive car but feels sufficiently upmarket to command it. The Peugeot 408 is a very accomplished car, offering an innovative design for the compact segment and managing to pull off a big-car feel beyond this class of vehicle.

Peugeot continues their good form in car interiors with the 408's stylish offering. The 408 surprises even more for the practicality it offers, making it a great car for daily life.

For a long time the 3008 has been the gem of the Peugeot range - but the 408 offers a compelling alternative, with lots of talent on the road too.

Model tested: Peugeot 408 GT Hybrid 2 
Price: From 
€53,345
Engine:
1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid
Power: 225hp
Torque: 360Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.8 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€140 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Peugeot 308 SW on test for Changing Lanes

Peugeot 308 SW Review

Read Caroline’s Peugeot 308 SW review for everything you need to know about buying Peugeot's compact estate car in Ireland.

With the arrival of the new 308 in Ireland, Peugeot has added a compact estate car to the range to join the hatchback. The new Peugeot 308 SW offers a little more practicality than the hatchback, and is arguably an even better looking car.

It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €32,765, and is available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines.

So it it any good? In this review I'm going to take a closer look at the new 308 SW to find out!

The new Peugeot 308 SW on test for Changing Lanes
The new Peugeot 308 SW on test for Changing Lanes

Styling

From the front, the 308 SW is identical to the 308 hatchback with all the same striking design cues: the slim LED headlights, fang-like daytime running lights and big grille bearing the brand's new 'lion shield' logo. But viewed from the side, it's obvious that this is a very different car indeed. The 308 SW's extra length and unique rear styling give it even more presence than the 308 hatchback. It's now one of the best-looking estate cars you can buy, with an upmarket, sporty look that stands out among rivals like the Skoda Octavia Combi, Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and Suzuki Swace. Only a Seat Leon Sportstourer comes close on kerb appeal.

The 308 SW is sold in three trim levels in Ireland - Active, Allure and GT - with 16-inch alloy wheels coming as standard. The mid-range 308 SW Allure (from €37,495) offers a good balance between price and equipment, with sportier 17-inch 'Halong' diamond cut alloy wheels, chrome exhaust surrounds, grille finished with chrome stamping, and gloss black diffuser effect trim to the rear bumper. GT models have even more sporty features and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Avatar Blue metallic paint is exclusive to the 308 SW and comes at no extra cost.

Interior

The 308 SW has a great cabin that features Peugeot's new generation 'i-Cockpit' - just like the Peugeot 308 hatchback. It's one of the most stylish interiors of the segment, with a very driver-focused layout. It feels more modern and posher inside than a Corolla Touring Sports or Swace. The compact steering wheel is now a Peugeot trademark. You look over it rather than through it to view the full digital instrument cluster. There's also a glossy 10-inch touchscreen as standard in the centre of the dashboard with a wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connection.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308 SW

The cabin of the 308 SW has a plush feel with lots of good quality materials used. Allure models come with synthetic leather and cloth seat upholstery with mint stitching. While top of the range GT models add the option of blue or black leather seats. Automatic air conditioning and parking sensors come as standard. Allure models add a 180-degree parking camera, ambient lighting, high beam assist, keyless entry and push button start.

Practicality

The 308 SW sits on a longer wheelbase than the hatchback so it offers a little more legroom for rear seat passengers. It also offers a more practical boot shape with a low flat sill and wide opening that makes it ideal for carrying cargo. In petrol and diesel versions, boot space increases from 412 litres in the hatchback to 608 litres, which is similar to the Corolla and the Swace, and not too much smaller than the Octavia Combi or Leon Sportstourer. There's 548 litres of boot space in 308 SW plug-in hybrids, up from just 361 litres in the hatchback hybrid.

Engine

Just like the 308 hatchback, the new 308 SW is available with a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines. No matter which version you go for, an 8-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine with 130hp is the most affordable entry into the range. There's also a 1.5-litre diesel available, also with 130hp. The most powerful of the range is the plug-in hybrid that's available in two different power outputs: 180hp and 225hp. Both have a battery on board that can be charged to give an electric driving range of up to about 60 kilometres.

An electric e-308 SW will join the range towards the end of 2023.

Boot space in the 308 SW
Boot space in the 308 SW

Driving

The latest Peugeot 308 SW is built on a new platform and there have been numerous improvements to how it drives. It grips the road well and feels pleasantly agile. It's also very comfortable over the tarmac.

On test was the 308 SW 1.5-litre diesel and it's the one to go for if you need a car that offers the best return on a tank of fuel, particularly if you do a lot of high speed motorway driving. It offers more torque than the 1.2-litre petrol engine (230Nm vs 300Nm), though the petrol is slightly quicker to 100km/h (9.7 seconds vs 10.6 seconds).

The diesel offers the best efficiency but the petrol and plug-in hybrid 308 offer more refinement and less engine noise, particularly in town driving. Still, the diesel settles down once cruising speeds are reached. The automatic gearbox can feel a little bit awkward at lower speeds, and the stop start system can cut in a little too abruptly.

Pricing

The new Peugeot 308 SW costs €1000 more to buy than the 308 hatchback. The 308 SW 1.2 petrol is available from €32,765, while the 308 SW 1.5 diesel is available from €34,865. The range-topping 308 SW plug-in hybrid is available from €43,935. The Allure diesel on test has a list price of €39,080.

The Peugeot 308 SW is a gorgeous and practical estate car
The Peugeot 308 SW is a gorgeous and practical estate car

Verdict

The Peugeot 308 SW is a great option if you are looking for a stylish and practical family car that's not an SUV. The 308 SW will make heads turn with its eye-catching good looks, while inside it offers a great cabin experience that feels a little more upmarket than the competition.

Bearing in mind that it's a bigger car, with more rear legroom and offers considerable more boot space than the hatchback, it's quite good value within the Peugeot 308 range.

There's also a great range of engine options to choose from and an upcoming electric Peugeot e-308 SW.

Peugeot is set to expand their compact car range in 2023 with the arrival of the new Peugeot 408 fastback, but the sporty 308 SW remains a very desirable and handsome car.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The new Peugeot 408 is expected in Ireland in 2023!

Peugeot 408 Review

The new Peugeot 408 will arrive in Ireland in early 2023 and is a brand new model for the French car brand. It will join the 308 and 3008 in Peugeot's C-segment offering.

The 408 is positioned as a more stylish and exclusive fastback-style model for buyers seeking an alternative to an SUV. It will go on sale in Ireland priced from €39,995 and will be available with petrol and plug-in hybrid engines from launch, with an electric version to join the range at a later date.

So what does the new 408 have to offer Irish new car buyers? Caroline travelled to Barcelona with Peugeot to drive the new 408 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official arrival in Ireland.

The new Peugeot 408 is expected in Ireland in 2023!
The new Peugeot 408 is expected in Ireland in 2023!

Styling

The new 408 is just one more in a long line of very stylish new models from Peugeot - but could be the brand's most dramatic yet. It's now the second model to wear the new Peugeot 'lion shield' logo. Styled as a fastback, the 408 measures just under 4.7 metres in length. It's a bit wider than a 308 and has a slightly more flamboyant grille at the front that's the same colour as the bodywork and framed by slim LED headlights (Matrix LED on GT) and fang-like daytime running lights. It sits a bit higher off the ground than a 308 with some crossover-inspired styling cues like cladding around the wheel arches and sills. At the back the roof slopes down to the boot lid in an elegant coupé-style and there's a large contrasting grey bumper, which gives an aggressive and sporty stance to the car.

The 408 has a lot of presence and looks best in a metallic hue like Obsession Blue, which is available at no extra cost. Alloy wheel sizes will be available from 17-inch up to optional 20-inch with a special geometric design. In Ireland, there are three trim levels available for the 408: Allure, Allure Pack and GT.

Interior

Inside, the 408 has a similar cabin design to the 308 but the extra width of the car gives it a little more mature feeling behind the wheel. The cabin wraps around the driver for a cosy, driver-focused feel. The cabin quality is excellent throughout with elegant trim details in the doors and dashboard. A full digital driver display comes as standard, and a large 10-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. It's a latest generation Peugeot interior with the brand's unusual 'i-Cockpit' arrangement where the driver looks over the compact steering wheel at the driver display. Always worth trying before you buy to make sure this is a comfortable driving position for you!

Inside the new Peugeot 408
Inside the new Peugeot 408

Fabric and leather-effect seats with mint stitching come as standard, while Allure Pack models get Alcantara and leather-effect seats with green stitching, and GT models have the choice of black or stylish blue 'Naboo' leather. High-tech driver assistance features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, Night Vision, which warns of animals, pedestrians or cyclists ahead before they appear in the high beam, long-range blind spot monitoring (75 metres), and Rear Traffic Alert.

Practicality

The wheelbase is longer than a 308 so the 408 scores really well for rear legroom. It's a bit wider as well, so seating three should be more comfortable. Headroom is just slightly compromised for the sake of that sloping roof line towards the rear of the car. The boot is also a very good size. The petrol versions are best for boot space at 536 litres, but plug-in hybrid versions still manage 471 litres. The opening is wide and the sill quite low too for loading things in and out easily. A powered tailgate is standard on the 408 GT.

Engines

The new 408 will be available in Ireland with a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130hp or as a range-topping plug-in hybrid with either 180hp or 225hp. All models are front wheel drive and come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The hybrids can be charged to give an electric driving range of up to about 60 kilometres.

The 408 is a new model for the French brand styled as a fastback for the C-segment
The 408 is a new model for the French brand styled as a fastback for the C-segment

Charging

There's a 3.7kW on-board charger with the option of a 7.4kW version for faster AC charging. With the standard charger it will take about 3.5 hours to charge to full from a wallbox or 5.5 hours from a 3-pin plug.

On the road

The 408 drives with maturity on the road, offering a big car feel from a compact model. It feels a bit more comfortable and planted in the corners thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider track than a 308. At the launch, I tested the range-topping plug-in hybrid with 225hp, which offers a pleasant delivery of power and responsiveness. It was a smooth drive over the Spanish tarmac and very quiet on the road, no doubt helped by an acoustic windscreen as standard and additional laminated side windows on Allure Pack and GT models. There's some lean in corners but impressive amounts of grip and well-weighted steering make it agile and secure through bends for all types of driving. You can drive the hybrid in electric mode for up to about 60 kilometres, and it seems efficient even when running in the hybrid mode.

Rear seating in the new 408
Rear seating in the new 408

Pricing 

The 408 Allure 1.2 petrol will go on sale from €39,995. The same power option with Allure Pack will be available from €41,995, while the top of the range GT model will be available from €44,995. The plug-in hybrid with 180hp is available from €44,995. The range-topping plug-in hybrid with 225hp is available from €52,495 (GT only).

Summary

The Peugeot 408 is a great addition to the Peugeot range and offers a spacious and stylish alternative to an SUV. The fastback design is very appealing and the 408 will stand out as something very different on Irish roads for quite some time. There are plenty of SUVs hovering around the 408's price range but this car has great presence and offers a lot of rear legroom and boot space that make it very practical as well. It might sport some very dramatic styling but it's no folly. There are subtle differences to the cabin and driving experience compared to a 308 - all of them good. Peugeot has gone up in the world and the 408 will fill a very pleasant niche within the range.

The Peugeot 408 is available from €39,995
The Peugeot 408 is available from €39,995

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Peugeot 308 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot 308 Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot 308 review for everything you need to know about the latest version of Peugeot's popular hatchback to reach Ireland.

The new Peugeot 308 launched in Ireland earlier in 2022 and marks a new chapter for the French brand. Peugeot has chosen the new 308 as the first model to wear the brand's new 'lion shield' logo. Combined with a striking new design, digital interior and a range of on-point engine options, the 308 heralds a new generation of Peugeot cars that move the brand on once again in terms of design and quality.

It's been a long journey but Peugeot has been on the rise for some years now. Models like the Peugeot 2008 and the 3008 have become a regular sight on Irish roads, while the brand has also fully embraced the electric revolution with a range of new electric and hybrid models including the Peugeot e-208 and the 3008 Hybrid.

The Peugeot 308 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Peugeot 308 on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the new Peugeot 308?

The latest generation of the 308 makes strides forward in design, technology and powertrain, with the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid for the very first time. We can also expect a full electric 308 before the end of 2023.

The new 308 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €31,765, which is a bit more than rivals like the Ford Focus or Opel Astra. But the 308 is more upmarket than both when it comes to the finish of the car. And all 308s sold in Ireland now come as standard with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Blessed by good looks, the new 308 has an immediately arresting presence. At the front, the grille is large and impressive, wearing the new Peugeot lion shield logo. LED headlamps and dramatic hook-like daytime running lights add impact. It's a little bit lower than the car it replaces, and appears sleeker and sportier. At the rear, there are new light clusters. Look closely and you'll see that they have a new 'claw' effect signature.

Olivine Green is a signature colour for the new 308 and comes as standard at no extra charge. All versions get alloy wheels, with mid-range Allure models sporting some lovely 17-inch diamond cut alloys.

Inside we see the next generation of the sporty Peugeot 'i-Cockpit', with a glossy new touchscreen and digital driver display.

Plug-in hybrids are the most expensive of the range but you can charge the battery and drive the 308 hybrid on electric power only for a range of up to about 60 kilometres.

But what's the 308 like in its simplest form, with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 130hp? There was only one way to find out.

The new 308 goes on sale in Ireland from €31,765
The new 308 goes on sale in Ireland from €31,765

Driving the 308

The new 308 sits on a new multi-energy platform that means it can be sold with petrol and diesel engines, as a plug-in hybrid, and as an upcoming electric e-308.

So the 308 offers buyers lots of options, if you like the look of the car. The entry into the range is the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 130hp. It's an award-winning engine and one we've tested many times in various different vehicles.

But it suits the 308 exceptionally well, feeling more powerful than what you might expect from a small capacity engine. Nippy and responsive, the 308 offers a new found maturity on the road. It's not the sharpest handling of these hatchbacks - an Opel Astra or a Ford Focus feel a bit more athletic on the road.

But the Peugeot majors on comfort and refinement, offering quite a high-end driving experience from behind the wheel, with the ease of an 8-speed automatic.

It's efficient too for a petrol automatic, averaging about 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres during my time with the car. But if you do a lot of high speed motorway driving, you might be interested in the 1.5-litre diesel with 130hp.

The 308 hybrid uses a 1.6-litre petrol electric powertrain and is available with two different power outputs - 180hp or 225hp.

The interior of the new Peugeot 308
The interior of the new Peugeot 308

Inside the Peugeot 308

The new Peugeot 308 is available in Ireland in three trim levels – Active, Allure and GT. It goes on sale priced from €31,765 for a 308 Active 1.2 petrol automatic with 130hp.

The mid-range Allure model is one of the best equipped and goes on sale from €35,705. But all versions get a new 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Allure models also get new 'i-Toggle' switches so you can create easy shortcuts to popular menus, like the ventilation controls for example.

Behind the wheel, the new 308 feels very upmarket and driver-focused. A lot of that is down to the new version of the Peugeot 'i-Cockpit'. You look over a new compact steering wheel at the new digital driver display. The graphics have been updated and there are a number of different views available. The driving position is unique but different, so worth getting in behind the wheel to make sure it's comfortable for you.

The design of the dashboard and centre console is stylish and quite avant-garde for the segment. The material quality also makes it feel a cut above some more mainstream rivals. Allure models get lovely ambient lighting and part-leather upholstery to make it feel more high-end.

The 308 will seat five but a longer wheelbase means there is now a bit more legroom than before. It's not the largest C-segment hatchback on the market, but it does offer adequate seating for adults in the rear. The boot opens to reveal 412 litres in petrol and diesel models, which is good for the segment. But in 308 hybrid models that is reduced to 360 litres. There's also the Peugeot 308 SW estate on sale that offers just a bit more practicality and looks great too.

The 308 offers a great choice of engines
The 308 offers a great choice of engines and hybrid for the very first time

Did you like it?

The Peugeot 308 has grown up and matured. It's one of the best-looking cars in the class, and that's probably a big reason why you will be attracted to it in the first place.

On looks alone, it can compete with other high-end hatchbacks like the Mazda 3 and Audi A3.

While it now commands a higher list price than some key rivals like the Astra and Focus, it's in the cabin where your money goes. The 308 offers a much more salubrious cabin experience, with a cosseted, quality feel throughout. The new i-Cockpit and 10-inch touchscreen look more stylish and modern than many rivals too.

The new 308 offers a great complement of practical power options, while being comfortable and refined. But it makes a lot of sense in its simplest form as a lively 1.2 petrol. The 8-speed automatic adds the premium touch.

The Peugeot 308 has come a long way. It's now one of the most stylish and quality hatchbacks you can buy, and a compelling alternative to the usual suspects in the compact class.

The new Peugeot 308 is a stylish companion to modern life
The new Peugeot 308 is a stylish companion to modern life

Model tested: Peugeot 308 1.2 Allure
Price: 
€35,705
Engine: 
1.2-litre turbo petrol
Power: 130hp
Torque: 230Nm
Top speed: 210km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.7 seconds
Motor Tax: €200 per year

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year


The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!

Peugeot e-208 Review

Read Caroline's Peugeot e-208 review for everything you need to know about Peugeot's electric supermini on sale in Ireland.

Peugeot is fast pursuing the electric dream with a slew of new hybrid and pure electric models. Many of the French brand's key models now offer some sort of electrified option - from the smallest 208 to the popular 3008 SUV and new Peugeot 308 hatchback and estate.

The Peugeot e-208 offers a pure electric drive in Peugeot's compact and stylish small hatchback. It goes up against other small EVs such as the Opel Corsa-e, Renault Zoe and Mini Electric.

But is it any good? In this review we're going to take a closer look to find out.

The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!
The Peugeot e-208 on test for Changing Lanes!

What's so special about the Peugeot e-208?

The e-208 looks good from all the angles. Peugeot's latest models are some of the most stylish out there. The e-208 has a gorgeous design, making it one of the most desirable small electric cars.

There's sporty elegance to the e-208 with a compact stance and distinctive light signature front and rear. If you want a car with 'fangs' this is the one for you - check out those striking daytime running lights at the front. While Peugeot's trademark 'tri-claw' taillights complete the feline theme at the rear.

There are three trim levels available in Ireland - Active, Allure Pack and GT. The GT model on test is surely the sportiest of them all with 17" diamond cut alloy wheels, gloss black around the wheel arches, black roof and a chequered flag effect grille.

Electric badging is subtle - just a small 'e' on the C-pillar and tailgate, and a blue finish to the Peugeot lion on the front grille.

With pricing starting from €28,730 including all relevant grants and VRT relief, the Peugeot e-208 is also keenly priced among small electric cars. Granted it will cost more to buy than petrol and diesel versions of the 208.  And the glorious e-208 GT on test looks great and is packed full of equipment but will set you back €33,285.

The Peugeot e-208 is also one of the most fun to drive small electric cars, with a range of up to 362km measured by industry standards. Though in real world driving, 280km seems more realistic once factors such as the time of year and your driving style are taken into account. For example, certainly at low speeds around town you'll get farther on your battery charge.

The interior of the e-208
The interior of the e-208

Inside the e-208

The cabin of the Peugeot e-208 stands out for its quality, with an upmarket feel that can be hard to find in the very smallest electric cars. There's lots of gloss black accentuating the cabin's stylish design and the beautiful Peugeot i-Cockpit.

In the centre of the dash there is a 7" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though Allure Pack and GT models get a more impressive 10" touchscreen. The ventilation controls are in the screen, but the elegant piano key underneath offer a shortcut to switch between menus quickly. Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, push button start and cruise control.

The e-208 is a small car so rear legroom is limited, though it's not impossible to carry adults. With the position of the battery in the e-208, Peugeot has managed to keep interior space and boot space the same as petrol and diesel 208s. The boot is compact too at 311 litres, but you can let the rear seats down for carrying larger items.

Driving the e-208

The e-208 is good fun to drive with agile handling and light steering. The 136hp motor in the e-208 provides enough power and the car moves effortlessly from town to rural roads to motorways.

On short journeys and in town driving the e-208 really shines, with the range of the car offering plenty of comfort between charging. The range diminishes more rapidly in high-speed motorway driving, but with a stop planned for charging, it's still a decent enough performance for the e-208.

And when it comes to charging, the e-208's 50kWh battery is pretty swift at adding the kilometres. With a 7kW wallbox installed at home it will take about 7.5 hours to charge the e-208 to full. Rapid DC charging is also possible using the standard CCS adaptor. Charging at the maximum 100kW, the e-208 can be 80% charged in 30 minutes.

The Peugeot e-208 is one of the best small electric cars
The Peugeot e-208 is one of the best small electric cars

Did you like it?

Electric suits the 208 very well. The Peugeot e-208 is super stylish, with a beautiful interior that feels more upmarket than much of the competition.

The e-208's 50kWh battery offers decent performance, particularly in the town and city environs where these small cars really feel at home. You couldn't find a better companion for city life.

I still think the Peugeot e-208 makes a great introduction to electric motoring. Like competitors, it is more expensive than an equivalent petrol or diesel car but there are many benefits to switching to electric at this time.  The e-208 is a very likeable small car that just happens to be electric too.

Model tested: Peugeot e-208 GT
Price: 
€33,285
Battery:
50 kWh
Range: 362km (WLTP)
Power: 136 hp
Torque:  260 Nm
Top speed:  150 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.1 seconds
Motor Tax: 
€120 per year

The Peugeot e-208 is on sale now from €28,730
The Peugeot e-208 is on sale now from €28,730

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes